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Alba, Xavi and Vilanova to travel to Paris

MADRID (AFP) –

Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez (centre) celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring against Valladolid on December 22, 2012

Barcelona‘s midfielder Xavi Hernandez (centre) celebrates with forward Lionel Messi (left) and defender Jordi Alba after scoring in the Spanish league match against Valladolid at the Jose Zorilla stadium on December 22, 2012. Xavi Hernandez and Jordi Alba will travel with Barcelona for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg at Paris Saint-Germain Tuesday after returning to full training.

Xavi Hernandez and Jordi Alba will travel with Barcelona for their Champions League quarter-final first-leg at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday after returning to full training on Sunday.

And there was further good news for the Catalans as the club confirmed that manager Tito Vilanova is set to the return to the sidelines for the first time since January in the French capital.

“Xavi Hernandez and Jordi Alba will travel to Paris for the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against PSG,” said a statement on the club’s website.

“The midfielder has recovered from a hamstring strain in his right leg and the full-back has received the medical all clear on Sunday morning.

“It is expected that manager Tito Vilanova will travel to Paris.”

Vilanova only returned to Barcelona last week after undergoing cancer treatment in New York for the previous two months.

The 44-year-old wasn’t on the sidelines for the trip to Celta Vigo this weekend as Jordi Roura continued to deputise, but he did take training on Sunday and looks set to make his return at the Parc des Princes.

“Tito Vilanova has taken charge of the session after the match in Vigo this Sunday morning at the Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper,” the club’s statement continued.

“It is the second time he had done so since his return. All the available players have trained. Xavi and Alba have taken a full part in training with the group.”

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